My Bio ....
Most of my youth was spent in Mantua, Ohio not too far from Kent State University. Between the ages of five and eleven, I lived in Mexico City where I attended both private and public schools. It took about six months for me to be bilingual. We later returned to Mantua where I graduated from Crestwood High School. I moved to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida for about a year, and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. I was stationed at Ft. Dixx, New Jersey, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, YongSong, South Korea, Ft. Benning, Georgia and finally finished my enlistment at NORAD – Cheyenne Mountain Air Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. I met my husband while serving overseas. We lived for a short time in Wisconsin where my children were born, and finally settled in Illinois. Once our two children were in school, I attended Parkland College and transferred to University of Illinois to graduate with a degree in BAT – Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Spanish. During my study abroad through UI, I attended school in Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. I've hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - twice! I spent a day in San Salvador to witness a part of the Romero history. And I'm in love with Guatemala - I've been there three times and am going again this fall. I can't get enough of Latin America. Of course, Spain is amazing and I can't wait to host a group of students there during Spring Break 2018.
I completed my Master’s of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Peninsular Literature with a secondary concentration in Spanish Linguistics in the summer of 2013 from Illinois State University. I've taught upper and lower level Spanish at Central High. I also am Adjunct Professor at Parkland College teaching Spanish courses, as well as, a Visiting Instructor at the University of Illinois teaching the Senior FLTA 478 course, Topics in Secondary Language Teaching.
My oldest daughter is a student at Santa Monica College in California. My son is a junior studying political science and is an ROTC scholarship recipient at Indiana University.
I enjoy playing and running with our dogs, kayaking, hanging out with family and friends, planning adventures and traveling great distances! The higher the mountain, the longer the trail .... the better the backpacking!